Conf. : Conte[s|x]ting SPORT Split-2012

Conte[s|x]ting SPORT Split-2012 is a one day conference "...for more Inclusive, Diverse and Sustainable Sport" on Friday 2nd of March 2012 in Split/CROATIA (City library Marko Marulić in Slobode 2).
Organized by: EGLSF, EPAS and qSPORT - Zagreb with support of HBS Croatia. Working conference website: Though conference itself is quite official and representational, some of its content and structure has queered up including several workshops and meetings that go between more formal panels and hopefully inspirational keynotes.

For EGLSF this would be the first time conference has been shifting from exclusive focus on homophobia and homosexuals in sport, into a more general and more specific topics, so being more inclusive more diversity and hopefully in the future sustainable structure for (self)reflection. It is also exceptionally organized in relatively small and highly homophobic city, but with a long tradition of (un)conventional sport practices and world famous athletes.

#C - Organising LGBTQ Sport – Building a Sustainable Future (regional+int.)
Due to its social and political components LGBTQ Sports organisation tends to be a complex task. From networking and outreach, to capacity building and sustainability, clubs and individuals need to continuously balance capacities and resources, public and private, local and international involvement. This workshop provides the opportunity for participants to discuss concepts such as pro-active outreach, capacity building and networking, marketing, event management and professionalisation.

#D - Growing Diverse Sports Participation – Challenges & Triumphs (int.)
Contemporary sport is gradually becoming more inclusive through the efforts of those who have been previously marginalized. Although success has been by no means universal. Women who represent 51% of the population, are less present, visible and established in sport than their male counterparts. Same can be said of non-white race and those from minority ethnic backgrounds. When does the absence of diversity in sport become evident? Can understanding of the cultural, social, and economic context provide basis for better understanding? What is the business case for diversity and inclusion in sport? How do we truly engage communities when representation at governance level is at best nominal? How do excluded groups work together? Is it possible to form a united sports movement across all groups? How do we balance strength in numbers with the specific needs of these communities and discrimination expressed within these groups themselves?

#F - Resting On Our Laurels? – Future challenges for LGBTQ Sport (int.)
The current LGBT sports movement can be seen as a triumph of self-organisation in the face of exclusion. For more than 30 years, gay men (predominantly) in Western European cities have created their own means of sports engagement and competition, whilst they have remained excluded from the mainstream. Are these opportunities enough however? Are they still relevant in 2012? Do they reach out to young LGBTQs and do they embrace all sections of the LGBTQ community - women, transgender people, and disabled LGBT people? How can this ‘sports community’ meet the needs of those in countries where LGBT human rights are not protected? How can LGBTQ sport again become a vital and energetic movement that instigates progressive change in community and wider society? Can queer creativity and activism provide an alternative to normalisation? Can LGBTQ sport projects support other movements, struggles and causes in an innovative way?